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The Testaments is Margaret Atwood’s sequel to her hit novel The Handmaid’s Tale, which follows on from the events of the original book. However, fans of the Hulu adaptation will know that the series has already continued beyond the novel, focusing on June Osborne’s (played by Elisabeth Moss) ongoing story in Gilead. However, given that MGM and Hulu have confirmed they are in process of adapting the new novel, it could prove to have a big impact on the events of the show.

Has The Testaments changed the show’s ending?

Author Margaret Atwood’s sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale will be released tomorrow (September 10).

Entitled The Testaments, the book picks up 15 years on from the events of the first novel.

The novel examines the act of resistance by reading and writing books taking place just as Gilead is beginning to crumble.

Focusing on the perspectives of Aunt Lydia and June’s two teenage daughters Agnes and Daisy, the novel examines the impact of the dystopian society.

In this way, the novel varies from the Hulu series, which has continued June’s story in the immediate aftermath of the original novel.

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This means that the new book could prove to have a potentially large impact on the television series.

This is also the case as the news has broken that the new novel will be adapted by MGM and Hulu.

Steve Stark, president of television production of MGM, revealed the news in a statement last week.

He said: “Margaret Atwood is a literary icon who continues to delight and challenge readers through her provocative and compelling prose.

“She has been an incredible creative partner and resource to MGM throughout the production of Handmaid’s and we look forward to working with her on the story’s exciting new chapter.”

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This was also confirmed in a new TIME interview with showrunner Bruce Miller.

He told the publication: “We’ve tried to hint at the wider world as much as possible in the show.

“The Testaments really gives us much wider glimpses into other parts of the world.”

While it has not yet been revealed whether this will be incorporated into the existing series or become a standalone story, it seems as though it will impact the story greatly.

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In an interview earlier this year with The Independent, Miller revealed that it will be difficult to combine the two worlds.

Speaking of the sequel he told the publication: “The degree of difficulty was 10 and now it becomes 10 plus.”

Actor Ann Dowd, who plays Aunt Lydia in the Hulu show has also revealed that it will have an impact on how she approaches her character.

This is especially because Aunt Lydia becomes a central character in the sequel novel.

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She told TIME when asked if she thinks it will affect how she plays her: “Yes, I do. Because it gives a clear indication from the creator of this story of where she will end up and what will happen.

“And that affects the approach in terms of where her mind is going.”

Season four is currently in the works and will pick up on the dramatic ending of the third series.

This saw June help children born in Gilead escape to Canada, which she is expected to receive severe consequences of in the next season.

The Handmaid’s Tale season 3 is available to stream on Hulu.

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